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Dec. 16, 2016

 

CFI Orchestra  
 

 

The
Indianapolis Artsgarden is a favorite performance venue during the holiday
season and the middle school band and orchestra students from Center for
Inquiry Schools 27 and 84 added to the annual tradition by presenting a
performance of mostly holiday tunes on Dec. 15.

 

Students
performed a variety of songs.

 

The CFI 84
seventh-grade orchestra played “Burst,” “Santa Plays the Viola,” and the
“Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah.” The eighth-grade orchestra played
“City of Steel,” “Journey of the Magi” and “Rock You Merry Gentlemen.”

 

The CFI 27
sixth-grade band played “Hocus Pocus,” “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer” and
“Frosty the Snowman.” The combined CFI Orchestra seventh- and eighth-grade band played “Honor
and Glory,” “Jingle Bones,” featuring the trombone section, and “You’d Better
Watch Out.”

 

Under the
direction of Tracie Prescott, her band and orchestra students perform in
holiday music programs annually, “whether it is at our own school or out in the
community at performances like the Artsgarden and the City Market,” she said.

 

To put on a quality production, the work begins shortly after fall
break.

 

“I
first look at the overall ability of the ensemble. I always work to program one
song that will challenge them, one song that is at their level and one song
that is a little bit easier, but that they really like,” said Prescott, who has
been teaching music in IPS for 12 years. “For holiday and winter programs, I
also try to do at least one song that is not holiday out of respect for those
who do not celebrate holidays.”

 

Once the holiday season ends,
Prescott will conduct student assessments and begin preparing for the next
performance. “We will begin new music that we will perform at the ISSMA (Indiana
State School Music Association) contest in March,” she said.